Dieter A. Hentschel



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Dieter A Hentschel

  Greece:   passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at the age of 80. Born in Augsburg, Germany to Julie Hackenjos Hentschel and Paul A. Hentschel. He is survived by his wife Barbara; son, Jason Cummings and his wife Katie; 3 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Anna and Isaac. Dieter was a graduate of Dumont High School and Rutgers University. He honorably served in the US Air Force, was employed by Eastman Kodak and Johnson & Johnson, Clinical Diagnostics. Dieter was an avid Lionel train collector and took great pleasure in refereeing high school and college football. He was a past Commodore of the Brockport Yacht Club and greatly enjoyed sailing on Lake Ontario. He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was a volunteer Ski Patroller at Bristol Mountain. Private services.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Meals on Wheels in his memory.


  1. Jim Boring on October 10, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Jim Boring

  2. Mike Byrne on October 11, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I was a coworker and friend of Dieters at Kodak and Johnson & Johnson. We had many great and interesting discussions and he will be missed. May he Rest In Peace.

  3. David Richardson on October 11, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Barbara, So sorry to hear the passing of Dieter. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Davis Richardson

  4. Melissa Doyle on October 11, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Barb, Sorry to hear of Dieter’s passing. Our friendship began in the early 70’s as we both worked in the same division at Kodak. He was a special friend and I always enjoyed skiing with him at Bristol on ski patrol. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  5. Carol Schauman on October 11, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Barbara, Sorry to hear about Dieter’s passing. Fond memories of meeting while cruising on the lake . BYC will miss his kindness and smile. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Carol Schauman

  6. John C Saucke on October 11, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Barbara, Jeanne and I are so sorry to ear of Dieters passing. He was a good friend and member of the Yacht Club. He will be greatly missed. I had many conversations with him around the Lionel trains as I’m also very in to them. Any thing we can do for you please ask.

  7. Peter Aylward on October 11, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Sorry to hear of Dieter’s passing. He will be missed at the club and the Friday wine group. He was always a gentleman and his opinion was welcome on a variety of issues at the club. He will be missed.

  8. Joseph Buzzard on October 11, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    So sorry to hear of Dieter’s passing. He was a great guy and a friendly face at the club. Always had great conversations on the BYC porch. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers with the family.

  9. Adolf K Schroeder on October 11, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Adolf K Schroeder So sorry to see another member of our club pass away . Please accept our deepest sympathy to the family. It was my pleasure to meet Dieter, another Landsman in a new Country and a sailor too. Lets hope they have have another sailing club up their.

  10. David Scott on October 11, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Dieter was a wonderful official, mentor, friend, and man. His life’s guiding principle was helping others. Always ready with an easy laugh and an amusing anecdote, Dieter was a joy to be around. He was a positive influence for so many people around him without even knowing to what extent his kindness and dedication to others affected us all. I will miss my friend. Rest in peace. David Scott PS – besides my parents, he was the one person who always called me ‘David’ 🙂

  11. Scott & Kathleen Wishart on October 11, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Barb, So very sorry to hear about Dieter, he was a true gentleman and an all round great person… We will always carry the fond memories of him especially on sailing trip in the BVI!

  12. Ray on October 11, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Barb, Jean and I shared your grief at Dieter’s passing. I’ll always cherish the memories we shared over our 50 plus years of friendship. Fair winds and rest in piece skipper, you are sadly missed. (Barb, call if I can be of any help.) Ray & Jean

  13. Donna Klein on October 11, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Dear Barb I’m so very sorry to see that Dieter has passed away. I miss seeing you at the Y; please give me a call. Prayers and peace in your heart. Blessings Donna Klein

  14. Gary Cantleberry on October 12, 2021 at 12:19 am

    So sorry to read about Dieter. I worked with Dieter during my Kodak years, and it was always a pleasure to work with him. He was a friendly person as well as a friend to all that knew him.

  15. Vince Vezza on October 12, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    I am sorry to hear about Dieter’s passing. I remember working with him at Kodak and J&J, the ski trips he planned. The luncheons he organized. Also, I remember him as a friend. I will miss him.

  16. Mark Kluczynski on October 12, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    I’ll always remember the way Dieter guided younger officials to navigate their careers. I wouldn’t be where I am today without his advice along the way. Most of all I’ll remember the postgame or post-meeting stories at the bar. And always loyal to Rutgers! He was a great friend. Mark Kluczynski

  17. frank manning on October 13, 2021 at 3:36 am

    Dieter was one of the tough ones. I am proud to say I enjoyed playing Little League baseball, High School football and baseball with him. i am

  18. McCorry Patrick on October 14, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Barbara, I believe you know what a special place I have in my heart for Dieter and you. I was the beneficiary of his friendship, kindness, and respect over many years. He will be missed deeply but he will live on with me when I play with my trains. He gave me many lessons and opportunities over our time together. It’s going to be difficult going to a train meet without him at my side. Love to you and your family.

  19. Dennis Blythe on October 14, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Barbara, I am so sorry for your loss. Dieter and I refereed college football together. Dieter was an outstanding official and friend. In all, we must have ref’d dozens of games including playoffs. I always admired his calm efficiency and thorough knowledge of the game along with his wit and humor. Whenever we received our game notices with crew members, it was always good news to have Dieter on the game. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. Dennis Blythe

  20. Cynthia Reinhart on October 15, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Barbara & Family, All of us at Meals On Wheels are saddened to hear about Dieter’s passing. We have missed seeing him. He was a gentle & kind volunteer, always willing to help any way he could. This community has lost a very special man.

  21. Reid O'Connell on October 16, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Dear Barb and family, I was saddened to recently read of Dieter’s passing. Barb, I knew both you and Dieter through Kodak connections of course, but more importantly I knew you as great neighbors across the street! My condolences to you and your family. I’m sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Reid O’Connell

  22. Anthony Perez on October 18, 2021 at 12:10 am

    The members of the RCCFO (Football Officials’s) would like to extend our condolences for your loss. God bless and prayers to the family and friends.

  23. Deb Wade Snell on October 31, 2021 at 6:05 am

    Barb, I was so very sad to be informed of Dieter’s passing. Both Melissa Doyle and Mickey Record reached out to me via FB. I’ve tried different times ( even very recently) to find either one of you on FB. He was a great guy, always happy with a great sense of humor. The last time I saw him was in Canandaigua Wegmans. I was cashiering and he came in after skiing. Somewhere between 2006 and 2012. I didnt even recognize him but was so glad I did. My sincerest sympathies to you and your families. RIP Dieter.

  24. Kevin Spacher on November 19, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Dieter through officiating. As a student of the rules he was a pleasure to work with. I always enjoyed our post game discussions over a burger and a beer.

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